As long as there are no hitches with the medical, we expect Newcastle to announce they have signed Sol Campbell today.
Sol Campbell – signing for Newcastle today – all being well
Sol Campbell has chosen the Newcastle club and turned his back on both Celtic and Arsenal, who could have offered him European Champions League football next season, to work in Northumberland, where he will live with his new wife Fiona Barratt.
Sunderland were also in the running until they signed mistake-prone former Newcastle center-back Titus Bramble last week – to groans from the Sunderland fans.
Sol had come out last summer and said he would love to have signed for the then second division side, but Newcastle could come nowhere near his wage demands, but now back in the Premier League it seems that Newcastle have made him a decent offer of around £35K/week – near the maximum that Newcastle will pay any player – or so the reports go.
Sol has received much bigger offers than that – for example £70K/week to play for German Bundesliga side St Pauli – so he’s not just coming to Newcastle for the money – and we think he can do a good job for the club.
The former England defender said:
“Newcastle are a big club and that’s what appeals to me.”
Sol will now work again for Newcastle manager, Chris Hughton, after Chris was the assistant manager at Tottenham, while Sol was there in the 1990s before he moved to arch rivals Arsenal.
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton said:
“We’re stretched defensively.” “And Sol is a good player who I’ve worked with in the past.”
He is one of the best central defenders the country has ever produced, and he showed earlier this year at Arsenal that he is no slouch and still has a few years of top class football left in him.
But now – given that Sol signs – the need will be to get him fit, since he is now four weeks behind the rest of the lads, and no doubt will have a special training regime put in place by the coaches.
But it seems he is a very popular signing with 87% of Newcastle fans approving of the deal in our poll we put up last night – if you want to vote it’s still open on our home page.
Let’s hope the club issues the expected statement today, informing us all that his former world-class player has signed for the famous Newcastle United club.
Howay The Lads!!